Furman praises Bafana spirit

FILE PICTURE: Dean Furman - Pic: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images.

FILE PICTURE: Dean Furman - Pic: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images.

Dean Furman was pleased with Bafana Bafana’s mettle as they fought back to draw 1-1 with Cameroon in a friendly in Libreville on Saturday night.

The game was Bafana’s penultimate friendly as they prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Equatorial Guinea.

Shakes Mashaba’s side will play Mali in Libreville on Wednesday, before their first game of the Afcon finals against Algeria in Mongomo on January 19.

Furman was restored as captain for the Cameroon game, and South Africa fell behind to Vincent Aboubakar’s sixth minute free kick. But Sibusiso Vilakazi came off the bench to net a fine solo goal in the 76th minute as the spoils were shared.

Bafana have been drawn in a tough group in Equatorial Guinea alongside Ghana and Senegal as well as Algeria. Cameroon also have a tricky-looking group, containing the Ivory Coast, Mali and Guinea.

“It was a good test for us, they are a very good side,” said Furman in a television interview after the match.

“I am sure they will have a very successful tournament. We got off to the worst possible start and we showed great character to come back fighting. In the end we were disappointed not to win.

“I don’t think we have gone a goal down for a while now … it was an important test and the team did well … the boys who came off the bench were excellent, it means we can go forward with a lot of confidence.”

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